Living in Houston County
There is no shortage of entertaining activities in Houston County — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take in a show at the Warner Robins Little Theatre or tee off at one of the local golf courses. Don’t miss the Georgia National Fair in Perry or the hot air balloon rally at the Dogwood Festival. And be sure to check out the free Museum of Aviation, the Air Force’s second-largest aerospace museum.
Residents of Houston County have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.
Atlanta Film Festival
Join the more than 25,000 people who attend the Atlanta Film Festival in March each year and enjoy a variety of documentaries, shorts, narratives, animated films and more. Now in its fourth decade, the weeklong fest also features in-person dialogue with stars and filmmakers. Recent guests have included Josh Brolin (“No Country for Old Men”), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Margaret Cho (“Drop Dead Diva”). Visit the website for schedules and other information.
This two-day festival, celebrated in Perry every April, is family-friendly fun with an arts and crafts show, dog competitions, a hot air balloon rally, live music and kids’ activities. Visit the website for schedules and other information.
Trekkies, steampunks, zombies, filkers, furries, goths, Klingons, Sleestaks, Predators, Aliens and more descend on downtown Atlanta for the Southeast’s largest sci-fi con taking place over Labor Day weekend. The one Dragon Con must-see is the annual parade along Peachtree Street. Huge crowds line up super early to watch the cosplayers strut up Atlanta’s main thoroughfare.
Georgia National Fair
October’s Georgia National Fair at Perry’s Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter attracts more than 450,000 people each year with its midway rides, exhibits, concerts, livestock shows and fair food.
Inman Park Festival
Taking place the last full weekend in April each year, the Inman Park Festival is one of Atlanta’s most beloved events. Check out the tour of homes, live music, dance festival, arts and crafts market, and the parade with all of its gloriously weird floats.
Arts and Museums
Artistic opportunities from theater to music to dance and more are no strangers to Houston County residents.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339 404-892-3303
One of the premier dance companies in the U.S., the Atlanta Ballet presents beloved classics and innovative original performances, delighting more than 150,000 people each year through its productions and Centre for Dance Education. Visit the website or call for information on season productions, ticket pricing and classes.
The Atlanta Opera
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339 404-881-8885
As one of the nation’s finest regional opera companies, the Atlanta Opera brings memorable musical experiences to approximately 60,000 people annually in metropolitan Atlanta through its main stage opera productions and excellent arts education programs for all ages. In its home at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the company attracts the finest international, national and regional singers, conductors, stage directors and designers. Visit the website for production schedules and ticket information.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 404-733-5000
With more than 200 performances annually, the Atlanta Symphony reaches a combined audience of more than a half-million people through its educational and community concerts. With its mix of talented core musicians and director, world-renowned special guests, contemporary commissions and premieres, and an impressive history of Grammy-winning recordings, the symphony is one of the leading cultural organizations in the Southeast. Check the website for seasonal concerts, venue locations and ticket information.
Perry Players Community Theatre
909 Main St.
Perry, GA 31069 478-987-5354
This amateur troupe produces quality community theater in historic downtown Perry, and the group welcomes those who wish to audition or volunteer. Visit the theater’s website for information about tickets and season schedules.
Warner Robins Little Theatre
502 S. Pleasant Hill Road
Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-929-4579
This nonprofit community theater has provided live theater to the region for more than 50 years. The organization presents several productions per season — including comedies, dramas and musicals — as well as short-run special events and theater workshops. Check the website for season and ticket information and volunteer opportunities.
Learn about Georgia’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.
Go Fish Education Center
1255 Perry Parkway
Perry, GA 31069 478-988-6701
Developed as part of the Go Fish Georgia Initiative, this center encourages residents to get their fish on. The center’s live fish exhibits include trout, largemouth bass, alligators and other aquatic life. Try out boating simulators, get tips on where to fish and practice your skills in the stocked pond.
Museum of Aviation
1942 Heritage Blvd.
Robins AFB, GA 31098 478-926-6870
The Museum of Aviation is situated on 51 acres next to Robins Air Force Base. Marvel at the nation’s historic sky-pilots with a stroll through four climate-controlled buildings and hangars that house approximately 85 historic aircraft, missiles and cockpits. Noted exhibits feature the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers, the invasion of Normandy, the Tuskegee Airmen and more. Inside you’ll find the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame plus aircraft including bombers, fighters, cargo planes and helicopters, as well as a cafe and a gift shop.
Perry Area Historical Museum
901 Northside Drive
Perry, GA 31069 478-224-4442
Home to the Perry Area Historical Society, the museum contains memorabilia from the city’s earliest days as well as a trove of family records and photos.
Parks and Shopping
Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
Lane Southern Orchards
50 Lane Road
Fort Valley, GA 31030 478-825-3362
Nothing is sweeter than a Georgia peach in season. Come find out for yourself just 12 miles north of Perry at this farm with more than 3,000 acres of peach orchards, 3,000 acres of pecan groves and a special patch of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples, scuppernongs, muscadines and kiwi. Visit the 6-acre “you pick, we pick” strawberry patch in April and May. From October through January, Georgia pecans are harvested. Visit the website for schedules of special events and recipes.
Massee Lane Gardens
100 Massee Lane
Fort Valley, GA 31030 478-967-2358
Home of the American Camellia Society, Massee Lane Gardens holds 9 acres of flowering camellias under towering pines, a garden greenhouse, a Japanese garden and koi pond, and a garden of roses. Enjoy the site’s porcelain collection and gift shop as well.
Perry Parks & Recreation Department
1060 Keith Drive
Perry, GA 31069 478-988-2860
Perry has more than a dozen parks as well as instructional classes, seasonal sports and leisure programs.
Warner Robins Parks and Facilities
700 Watson Blvd.
Warner Robins, GA 31093 478-293-1000
Warner Robins is home to two neighborhood parks, recreational facilities from tennis courts and baseball diamonds to horseshoe pits, and five picnic pavilions.
From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.
Georgia Antique Trail
Follow the Antique Trail for upscale antique galleries, privately owned shops and multivendor malls with a mix of antiques and vintage collectibles. Georgia boasts more than 100 unique spots to hunt for oldies that are goodies. Visit the website for a complete list of shops.
Historic Downtown Perry
The renovated downtown area is a charming village with specialty shops and a restful Southern atmosphere. It’s a perfect place to meander, what with the year-round flowers, benches and shop windows designed to lure you inside where any shop owner will be glad to tell you the story of Perry’s “rebirth.” Shopping in historic downtown Perry is a treat for locals and travelers alike.
Houston County Galleria
2922 Watson Blvd.
Centerville, GA 31028 478-953-9731
Department stores join with more than 40 specialty shops for your shopping, dining and entertainment needs. The mall also houses a theater where you can enjoy movies in stadium seating, and all shoppers can access complimentary Wi-Fi.
Sports and Recreation
Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Houston County and nearby Atlanta.
1100 Circle 75 Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30330 866-800-1275
Get ready to root for one of the most popular teams in Major League Baseball. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s and won the title in 1995. Visit the website to learn about the long history of the team, to find season schedules and promo nights, and to purchase tickets.
441 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313 404-223-8444
This relatively young but popular professional NFL team was the 2016 NFC champion. The team will play its home games at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which boasts a retractable roof. Don your red and black gear and cheer on these gridiron giants. Visit the website for schedules, ticket availability and stadium information.
1 Philips Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303 866-715-1500
Hoop it up for this pro NBA team that draws crowds at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. Visit the team’s website for schedules, ticket information, stats and more.
3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way
Atlanta, GA 30340 404-410-7410
Atlanta’s professional soccer club plays in the North American Soccer League at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, a large soccer complex featuring a 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium. Check the club website for info about its development team, women’s team, schedules and tickets.
Flat Creek Public Fishing Area
2340 Highway 41 S.
Perry, GA 31069 478-825-6151
The Flat Creek Public Fishing Area offers excellent fishing for bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and largemouth bass. The 108-acre lake can be accessed by bank or by boat and is intensively managed to maximize fishing success.
Georgia National Rodeo
Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069 478-987-3247
Held every February, the Georgia National Rodeo features cowboys and cowgirls from across the country competing in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding and barrel racing. Visit the website or call for information about event schedules, ticket availability and more.
Georgia has more than 150 golf courses, clubs and schools as well as the Masters Tournament played each year at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta. This region of Georgia features numerous public and country club courses. In Perry alone, there are three 18-hole golf courses: Cherokee Pines Golf and Fitness Center, Houston Lake Country Club and Houston Springs. In Warner Robins, you can tee off at the city-owned International City Golf Club or the semi-private Southern Landings Golf Club. For more information on courses in Perry and Warner Robins, visit the Perry Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.perryga.com/listing_category/golf-recreation or the Robins Regional Chamber at www.robinsregion.com.